List of National Basketball Association top rookie rebounding averages

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This list exhibits the National Basketball Association's top rookie single-season rebounding averages based on at least 70 games played or 800 rebounds. The NBA did not record rebounds until the 1950-51 season.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bold Denotes NBA season leaders
Rank Season Player Team Games Rebounds RPG
1 1959–60 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Philadelphia Warriors 72 1,941 27.0
2 1956–57 Russell, BillBill Russell* Boston Celtics 48 943 19.6
3 1961–62 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy* Chicago Packers 79 1,500 19.0
4 1968–69 Unseld, WesWes Unseld* Baltimore Bullets 82 1,491 18.2
5 1963–64 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* Cincinnati Royals 79 1,375 17.4
6 1968–69 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* San Diego Rockets 82 1,406 17.1
7 1955–56 Stokes, MauriceMaurice Stokes* Rochester Royals 67 1,094 16.3
8 1971–72 Smith, ElmoreElmore Smith Buffalo Braves 78 1,184 15.2
9 1970–71 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* Boston Celtics 81 1,216 15.0
10 1958–59 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Minneapolis Lakers 70 1,050 15.0
11 1964–65 Reed, WillisWillis Reed* New York Knicks 80 1,175 14.7
12 1969–70 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* Milwaukee Bucks 82 1,190 14.5
13 1992–93 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic 81 1,122 13.9
14 1954–55 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* Milwaukee Hawks 72 994 13.8
15 1963–64 Johnson, GusGus Johnson* Baltimore Bullets 78 1,064 13.6
16 1951–52 Hutchins, MelMel Hutchins Milwaukee Hawks 66 880 13.3
17 1953–54 Felix, RayRay Felix Baltimore Bullets 72 958 13.3
18 1964–65 Jackson, LuciousLucious Jackson Philadelphia 76ers 76 980 12.9
19 1981–82 Williams, BuckBuck Williams New Jersey Nets 82 1,005 12.3
20 1991–92 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets 71 870 12.3

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